The Fidelity Amateur Radio Club will participate in Field Day
Radio amateurs from the Fidelity Amateur Radio Club of Rhode Island will participate in a National Amateur Radio Exercise from 2:00 p.m. Saturday to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 25-26. The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by the ARRL, the National Association of Radio Amateurs in the United States. For the 2nd year in a row, the club will participate in Field Day at the historic New England Wireless and Steam Museum at 1300 Frenchtown Rd. in East Greenwich.
Amateur radio operators throughout North America typically participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate their skills and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach across borders, brings people together while providing essential communication to serve communities. Field Day highlights the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent wireless communication network.
Many hams have a portable radio communications capability that includes alternate power sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment. This year’s event is also notable given that a particularly active hurricane season is expected. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cellphone towers,” said Dave Nelson WV1H and President of Fidelity Club. “Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet and telephone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes,” Nelson added.
On Field Day 2021, more than 26,000 radio amateurs participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to the ARRL, there are over 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States and approximately 3 million worldwide. Among the principles of the amateur radio service are the development and practice of skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even the contribution to international goodwill. The hams are aged from 9 to over 100 years. For more information about ARRL Field Day and Amateur Radio, contact Nick Kettle KC1DWH, Fidelity Amateur Radio club secretary [email protected] or visit our website K1NQG.wordpress.com.